Group A featured some very surprising results on Day 1. France failed to score and win in Belarus, the Netherlands only managed a 1-1 draw in Zlatan-less Sweden, and Bulgaria beat minnows Luxembourg thanks to a 92nd-minute goal.
All these results ensure we will see spectacular games on Day 2, while today we will focus on the one between Holland and Belarus.
Netherlands vs Belarus – 7th October
Betting Odds: Netherlands 1.28 or 2/7 Draw 6.00 or 5/1 Belarus 13.00 or 12/1
First things first, it must be said that Belarus wasn’t that impressive. Although they managed to keep their goal intact, they never posed any threat in attack, and France had more than 66% possession and shot 23 times towards their goal.
Luck was the only factor which kept the scoreline intact, and they won’t be able to rely on this luck in every game. Their squad looks rather mediocre and they have stated that they want to fight Bulgaria for 4th place, nothing more.
On the other side, although they don’t feature players as impressive as they once did, tHolland are still a great team. They played good football against the Swedish, led by Sneijder in the field, who was accompanied by the new wave of Dutch stars: Janssen, Klaassen, Wijnaldum or Strootman.
These players will try to bring the Netherlands to a final tournament, after missing Euro 2016, to the disappointment of neutral fans from all over the world. After featuring in many World Cup finals or semi-finals, it would be very sad for them to miss the 2018 edition.
Netherlands vs Belarus Betting Tips
From a football betting perspective, we think the Netherlands should have no issue winning this game. Belarus is a weak side, which won’t pose any attacking threat, and the Dutch have enough means to score.
They should win the game without much difficulty, have higher possession and score more than once. If you’re looking for a higher odd, try a handicap victory – Netherlands -1,5 to be more specific, to double your money.
AH Full Time – Netherlands (-1.5): 1.76 or 20/27 with ComeOn